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These are two groups headed in opposite directions.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission — concerned about “unnaturally” concentrating deer at a time when chronic wasting disease is spreading across the country — has discussed the idea of banning the use of urine-based scents.

At the same time, a dozen state lawmakers have signed a bill that would legalize baiting statewide.......


The urine issue got a lot of attention last month. Game Commission veterinarian Walt Cottrell told commissioners the urine used in those products comes from deer farms, one of the prime sources of wasting disease.

The board's going to at least explore the idea. Commissioner Jay Delaney of Luzerne County wants staff to determine the feasibility of enacting regulations that would prohibit the use of urine-based attractants by deer hunters. Specifically, he's asked staff to figure out whether a ban might work to protect deer and, just as importanty, whether the commission could even enforce it.

A report is due when the board holds its next work group meeting April 1.

The idea of legalizing baiting, meanwhile, is being touted most vigorously by Rep. Gary Haluska, a Cambria County Democrat and minority chairman of the House game and fisheries committee. House Bill 679 would legalize “any shelled or eared corn used as an enticement for wildlife or bait for game.”



That doesn't make a lot of sense, said Haluska, who said he and friends have hunted over bait in Ohio, where the practice is legal in places.

“It's crazy to even worry about it. I just don't see the need to make it illegal. If there's corn in an area, and you're hunting near it, so what?” Haluska said.

http://triblive.com/sports/outdoors/3473225-74/deer-game-baiting#axzz2LpwHFl6g
 

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Bluetick said:
These are two groups headed in opposite directions.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission — concerned about “unnaturally” concentrating deer at a time when chronic wasting disease is spreading across the country — has discussed the idea of banning the use of urine-based scents.

At the same time, a dozen state lawmakers have signed a bill that would legalize baiting statewide.......


The urine issue got a lot of attention last month. Game Commission veterinarian Walt Cottrell told commissioners the urine used in those products comes from deer farms, one of the prime sources of wasting disease.

The board's going to at least explore the idea. Commissioner Jay Delaney of Luzerne County wants staff to determine the feasibility of enacting regulations that would prohibit the use of urine-based attractants by deer hunters. Specifically, he's asked staff to figure out whether a ban might work to protect deer and, just as importanty, whether the commission could even enforce it.

A report is due when the board holds its next work group meeting April 1.

The idea of legalizing baiting, meanwhile, is being touted most vigorously by Rep. Gary Haluska, a Cambria County Democrat and minority chairman of the House game and fisheries committee. House Bill 679 would legalize “any shelled or eared corn used as an enticement for wildlife or bait for game.”



That doesn't make a lot of sense, said Haluska, who said he and friends have hunted over bait in Ohio, where the practice is legal in places.

“It's crazy to even worry about it. I just don't see the need to make it illegal. If there's corn in an area, and you're hunting near it, so what?” Haluska said. http://triblive.com/sports/outdoors/3473225-74/deer-game-baiting#axzz2LpwHFl6g
This is what always kills me. The they do it in other states card.

I guess as long as Haluska and his freinds enjoy hunting over bait in Ohio they should be able to do it here too then.
 

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I wrote Rep. Haluska to expess my opposition to baiting. I doubt it will do any good since I'm outside his district.
 

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I would expect nothing less from Haluska. We just had CWD come into this state. Good time to make baiting legal!
 

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We need to flood his mail with opposition.
 
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